Suspect held over shooting of Nicholas Coates

The police on Monday evening arrested a suspect in relation to the wounding of Bel Air Park resident, Nicholas Coates who was shot to his knee during a home invasion last month.

Stabroek News was told by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum that the suspect was arrested on Monday evening in Albouystown, Georgetown with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his hand and is assisting ranks with investigations.

He was one of five men who allegedly invaded the Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park home of twenty-nine-year-old Coates.

Previous reports had revealed that on November 23 around 6.30 pm, Coates had just taken his mother home after playing squash and was on his veranda with his door open when he heard noises coming from downstairs.

After several minutes he saw bandits rush through the open door and he immediately tried to run to his bedroom but was shot to his knee in the process. Despite being shot he managed to enter his bedroom and bar his door with his foot while the bandits searched through the living room.

Coates located his licensed firearm and opened fire, hitting one of the bandits. They all subsequently escaped taking one of Coates’s phones.

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